Inspired by the Japanese practice of Shinrin Yoku, Forest Bathing has been scientifically proven to boost immune strength, reduce stress, and improve cognitive functioning. But beyond these physiological changes, Forest Bathing also offers us the opportunity to deepen our relationship with the natural world. By slowing down and carefully observing with all our senses, we may begin to notice incredible things that may have eluded us for our whole lives. In escaping the rapid pace of our daily routines, we may find unparalleled beauty in the moment and in doing so, relax into the beauty all around us. On your walk, certified guide, Nadine Mazzola, will offer a series of guided invitations to assist you in finding your own authentic way of interacting with the land and garden around the Healing Garden. There’s no right or wrong way to do it; just come and be yourself. It’s all welcome in the forest. The walk will still be on if it’s raining unless it is a really big downpour or violent storm. If it is raining it’s important to have a waterproof shell including pants, and many people bring umbrellas also. Rain often enhances sensory experience and makes for some of our most memorable walks. We’ll be on the grounds of the Healing Garden and the lower garden and finish with tea in the garden gazebo.
Nadine Mazzola, Certified Forest Therapy Guide, Trainer & Mentor for ANFT
Open to Clients, Caregivers, and Bereaved clients. Free Program, $10 optional donation.
This program is supported by generous funding from the Ayer, Carlisle, Chelmsford, Concord, Groton, Harvard, Lunenburg and Sudbury Cultural Councils, local agencies supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.
October 5, 2022
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm